On a sunny Saturday in early December 850 volunteers came together under one roof in San Jose for the Turning Wheels for Kids bike build. We donated our time, skills and money to provide kids with a Christmas gift that we hope will lead to a lifetime of good health and fitness.
The mission of Turning Wheels for Kids is to provide children with brand new bikes to encourage life long habits of exercise and outdoor activity. Turning Wheels for Kids started in 2003 by Susan Runsvold and is a true community gem. The original goal was to build and distribute bikes to underprivileged children at Christmas but the mission has expanded to provide instruction to help kids maintain their bikes and to teach kids to ride their bikes safely on the roads. If we can teach every kid to love the bicycle and the joy of riding, then the world has a better future.
MBOSC supports the mission of Turning Wheels for Kids and have participated in the charity bike build since 2006. This year we had a team of 9 volunteers and built 24 of the 2400 bikes. Over the years the quality of donated bikes have increased and we are giving kids the bikes they want – which includes mountain bikes, BMX bikes and beach cruisers. These new bikes will be donated to Bay Area and Northern California charities and individuals and will include helmets and locks.
This event is an excellent demonstration of how bike groups and businesses in the Bay Area/Northern California come together. Some bike related organizations who participated include ROMP, MBOSC, Vello Girls, Team Wrong Way, MTBR.com, Fox Racing Shox and Specialized.
Thanks to Alan Strahsberg for stepping up to organize team MBOSC.
Some other accounts of this years event: